Your Life Is Beautiful survival guide

A few tips on surviving Life is Beautiful in style:

Leave your Doc Martens at home

Fun fact: Did you know that when boxing Hall of Famer Marvin Hagler was in training camp, he did all his running in combat boots because, you know, sneakers are for wussies. Here’s the thing, though: Hagler was a total badass. You? Not so much. So, considering that you’ll be putting some serious miles on your footwear of choice as you hike between Life is Beautiful’s numerous stages, make sure you were something comfortable, cupcake.

Don’t sleep on the lower-billed acts

He now headlines arenas, but a few years back, rapper G-Eazy played one of Life is Beautiful’s smallest stages in the middle of the day. We were there, and judging by the modest crowd, you weren’t. Clearly, we’re better than you. Seriously, though, this is one of Life is Beautiful’s strengths: booking acts like Twenty One Pilots, Haim and Phantogram while they were still on the rise, before they got as big as they are now. This year, there’s plenty of new and/or up-and-coming acts like Banks & Steelz, a collaboration between Interpol singer Paul Banks and Wu-Tang Clan major domo RZA, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who played on Kendrik Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly,” Chicago gospel rapper Sir the Baptist and plenty more. See ’em now so you have bragging rights over your less-in-the-know friends — kind of like we do over you.

Feed your brain

There’s an abundance of tasty eats at Life is Beautiful, but forget your gut for a second, ’cause your cerebellum is starving. This is where the Life is Beautiful “Ideas” series of talks at The Venue comes in. There’s a sweet lineup of speakers, including RuPaul, artist Shepard Fairey and, in the most anticipated booking of the weekend, assorted members of the superstar Review-Journal features department, who will hold court at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Show up, and learn how to be awesome.

Laugh it off

At previous installments of Life is Beautiful, the laughs were primarily supplied by your dance moves during Lionel Richie’s set in 2014. This go-round, leave it to the pros. For the first time, there will be comedians performing at the fest this year, with sets by such accomplished funnymen as Baron Vaughn, Eddie Pepitone and Todd Glass. Hey, why did the chicken cross the road? Honestly, we have no idea, but we’re hoping one of these dudes can fill us in.

Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas art exhibit
Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas gallery exhibit
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with blooming jasmine tea
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with jasmine tea
Benny the Ice Skating Dog
Benny is a Las Vegas Labrador who was rescued by former pro skater Cheryl Del Sanyo, and trained to ice skate. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Nevada State Museum
The Nevada State Museum of Las Vegas, located at the Springs Preserve, covers all eras of the state, from prehistoric to today.
Throw a better dinner party
Cash appears at Baseball Winter Meetings
Lights FC mascot Cash plays the electronic drums at the EZ Inflatables’ booth on Tuesday at the Baseball Winter Meetings trade show at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
5 albums to soundtrack your holiday gatherings in style
1. Various Artists, “Holidays Rule," with Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, Calexico and more. 2. Various Artists, “We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year," with Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper, Chuck Billy and others. 3. Various Artists, “Christmas on Death Row," featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg to name but a few. 4. Bright Eyes, “A Christmas Album.” 5. Various Artists, "The Motown Christmas Album." (Jason Bracelin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
WinterFest in Henderson.
Miss Rodeo America Fashion Show
The 28 women contestants of Miss Rodeo America compete in a fashion show at the Tropicana on Dec. 7, 2018.
Tournament Of Kings Holiday Show
Wizards and warriors are ready for the holidays at Excalibur's Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show.
Take a dive with the Silverton mermaids
A visit to the Silverton Casino Hotel is not complete without taking in the popular, and very unique, mermaid show.
Cowboys and western aficionados can buy virtually anything at Cowboy Christmas
Vegas Golden Knights Christmas Display
In the Las Vegas Valley, the chances of getting a white Christmas are slim. But this year, you can have a “Knight” Christmas. A Henderson resident has a Christmas lights display that is synchronized to the entrance music for the Golden Knights. GG Misa’s Knights light show is played every 30 minutes from 5 to 10 nightly. His light show consists of two songs: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and the entrance music, “Le Castle Vania,” from the movie “John Wick.” The display is located at 730 Bollons Island St. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Reivew-Journal)
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez is Just in Time For Repeal Day And Christmas
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez Is Just In Time For Repeal Day And Christmas. Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal
TV's LGBT superheroes
Green Valley Ranch's Winter's Village
The Mob Museum
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Quick Chat With Criss Angel
James D. Gish and Susan Anton rehearse
Susan Anton will be special guest at James D. Gish’s holiday concerts Dec. 7 at Summerlin Library and Dec. 9 at Clark County Library. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bellagio Winter Wonderland
"Majestic Holiday Magic" at the Bellagio Conservatory.
Underwater Santa At The Silverton
Santa takes a dive Sunday, December 2, at the Silverton Casino Hotel. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Cowabunga Bay Christmas Town
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Las Vegas Natural History Museum, which opened in 1991, has exhibits of mechanical dinosaurs and taxidermied animals, along with live snakes, fish and sharks. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Magical Forest Lights
Cirque Du Soleil Performers Team Up For New Show "Kinekt"
Through dance, acrobatics and aerial arts, “Kinekt” tells a story all too familiar to modern families: how to maintain a human connection in the digital age. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden
The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas
The Pinball Hall of Fame was created by Tim Arnold and opened in 2006. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas
Trainer Lou “Mack” McCammon guides several rescue dogs through a series of tricks and jumps two shows a day weekends through December at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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